In the spring of 1986, the US information center presented an exhibition at the Amerika Haus in Berlin showcasing the American photographer Lee Friedlander (b. 1934). Some thirty-five years later, this master of conceptual and documentary photography is returning to the same location. Friedlander, one of the most influential photographers of the second half of the twentieth century, has been a tireless chronicler of his world and surroundings since the 1960s. Fact and fiction, beauty and humor – his ambitious and groundbreaking photography unites ordinary and unexpected elements of American everyday life, documenting the social landscape of the US in an impressive way.
This retrospective offers a comprehensive overview of his extensive oeuvre spanning six decades and includes portraits, visual reflections of self and family, as well as nature and street scenes. About three hundred photographs, over forty books, and important materials on his work open up diverse points of access to the influential body of work of Lee Friedlander.